Marguerite Hunter Blair is the Chief Executive of Play Scotland the national play organisation which promotes children’s right to play and provides advice, guidance and training on the importance of play for all children and young people. Marguerite has campaigned for a National Play Strategy and statutory duty for Play in Scotland and is currently advising the Scottish Government on Scotland’s first National Play Strategy. Marguerite also works with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to promote and implement the high level statement in support of risk in play, and sits on relevant UK committees.
Marguerite was previously the Community Services Manager for Belfast City Council before taking up the position of Chief Executive of PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
Stephen Baddeley graduated from London University with a BSc in Human Biology in 1982 embarking on a career as a fulltime badminton player. Over an eight year period from 1982 – 1990, he won numerous Commonwealth, European and national titles. Notable highlights were winning four Commonwealth Games Gold medals including the 1986 men’s singles title and capturing the European men’s singles title in 1990. He represented England on 143 occasions making him his country’s most capped male player.
During his playing career, he played a central role in establishing the international Badminton Players Federation and served for 2 years as its Chairman, which included being the players’ representative on the International Federation’s Council.
Richard Millman Chief Executive Officer Total Fitness Health Clubs
After a short spell as an Officer in the Royal Air Force, Richard’s early career was spent in Marketing with Guinness and Allied Domecq in the UK, then five years working in the developing markets of Russia and Ukraine for Allied Domecq and the Coca-Cola Company.
After a period with The Coca-Cola Company in Austria, Richard returned to the UK as Marketing Director for PC World Business, joining the Board of the rapidly growing IT business. During Richard’s time turnover grew from £125million to over £400million. Richard was subsequently promoted to Managing Director of sister Company Genesis Communications and oversaw the continued growth of the business and its ultimate sale.
For the last few years Richard has focussed on the area of Private Equity backed business turnarounds, working to repair businesses in a poor state of health.
From 2009 to 2012, Richard was the Chief Executive Officer of Leisure Connection, one of the UK’s largest operators of Sports and Leisure facilities, leading the business through a successful turnaround.
Richard is currently the Chief Executive of health club operator Total Fitness, where he has led the business through a successful turnaround.
With over 30 years’ experience across the breadth of the Sport, Arts and Leisure Industry the last 15 of which were working strategically at Director Level. Anita is a Chartered Manager, highly qualified Corporate and Executive Coach and Management Consultant specialising in performance improvement and Change Management. She is currently the MD of ANCA Management Resources ltd.
Anita has held a number of high profile roles across the Leisure industry, she was a Co-Founder, Vice Chair and Treasurer of The Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation. National President and subsequently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees of The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management. The Institute’s Equality and Diversity lead and author of numerous best practice papers covering the breadth of the Sport and Active Leisure sector. Vice Chairman of The Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management Children’s Play Panel. Former Interim Director (Chairman) of Daventry Active Leisure. Anita was a Director and Trustee of Skills Active from 2009 – 2011, continuing as an independent member of the Finance, Audit and Nominations Committee prior to re-joining Skills Active as a Director and Trustee in 2015 . She is also currently Director (Chairman) of The Redgrave Sports Centre, Marlow, Director and Trustee of Great Marlow School and Quest Stretch advisor and validator.